Originally Posted by ascii
I love my iPad 3: it is faster, lighter and higher res than my iPad 1. But one thing I noticed: it hasn't taken me any closer to the idea of tablets taking over from PCs. That is, with the purchase of an iPad 3, no additional tasks that I do on my PC have moved to my tablet. Am beginning to doubt the idea of tablets taking over from computers.
Steve Jobs never thought it would be a total takeover, just a takeover for the general case, with specialised tasks still needing a PC. But I am wondering if the takeover might not be so complete. Yes, there will be a takeover, but only of the low end, the $500 PC, the general case will still be a laptop, although a much smaller and lighter one.
Which capabilities do you think need to be incorporated into tablets in order to make them preferable - in most respects - to PCs?
Do you use your home computer for things that most people do not? Heavy duty stuff?
Or is it mostly a matter of the form factor? What would you think of a dock where you would get a keyboard and a touchpad, making the tablet's touchscreen optional for use?
If a tablet had the raw power of your current laptop or desktop, and a better input method, could you make the switch? Even assuming that desktops and laptops continue to get more powerful and cheaper and better?
I'm very hopeful that we'll get to the point where you have a small token that will turn any machine you happen to be using into YOUR machine, with abilities commensurate with the hardware. YOu could grab your cheap tablet to take to the beach, and it would be perfectly OK for eBooks, eMail and web surfing.
At home, you could sit down in front of the home sized behemoth, either the medium-sized setup in your bedroom, or the home-theater-sized one in the den, and edit your home movies.
I'm not a big fan of the cloud for doing this, but rather, home storage appliances and broadband connections from wherever, or even better, local storage in your pocket.
As of now, a terabit card that would transform any normal computer into YOUR computer would be great. Boot it up, slide your card and use your passphrase, and all of your data, apps and settings would be right there, just as if you were sitting at home.
Is the lack of large storage something that ruins your use of iPads? The inability to use it as mass storage? The inability to run apps that are as robust and full-featured as those on current desktops? The sheer lack of horsepower in CPU and RAM?
What are the factors?
PS - The Transformer Prime style of doing things seems to me to be the way of the future. It is a pretty good Android tablet which can be "transformed" by plugging it into a sturdy and capable keyboard/trackpad base. With that setup, you get a fairly slim notebook with a 10 inch screen that lasts for a long time on a charge. When you dock it, some screen elements change to make things optimal (?) for a cursor-based UI.
I'm thinking that something similar in a 15 inch size would interest me greatly. If Windows 8 works like that, I'd want to check it out.